TODAY is the SECOND day of The 2017 NAB Show – and what can I say? Broadcast Beat had an OUTSTANDING coverage day of the Show yesterday, and it’s going to be even BIGGER and BETTER today! The BB staff was hopping – extremely instrumental in allowing us to get the word out about the Show and all the products appearing there!
Here we are – getting ready for DAY 2 – everybody is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed… our crews have checked-in and we’re ready to roll! It’s another beautiful day here in Las Vegas Nevada and I’m glad that I ordered the gorgeous weather!
Adjusting the PowerVision PowerEgg drone with a 4K camera is a piece of cake! This sleek eye of the airwaves has a distinctive shape and bleeding edge engineering, and is a powerful personal camera drone that also conveys elegance and aesthetic. Through the use of its industry-first Maestro gesture based controller, it’s easy to fly for experts and beginners alike – right out of the box. Maestro interprets your arm movements in real time, allowing you to conduct the drone’s location in the sky. It can orbit around a central point, follow a pre-set flight path or, in “follow-me” mode, follows the user with precise speed and distance. With a maximum flight time of 23 minutes (based on its smart battery capacity of 6400 mAh), you can capture a good portion of just about anything! An amazing device and even more amazing technology!
Macon Leiper tells us about ikancorp ‘s new NiSi filters. All ikancorp products are of High-Quality Construction and contain the latest in technical knowledge that places their offerings in a superior position in the industry! For example, their Natural Night Filter (NIP-100-NGT) is designed specifically to block the most common wavelengths of light pollution. This includes many undesirable wavelengths of light that pollute the night sky such as mercury vapor, sodium, and low CRI LED streetlights. The Natural Night Filter by NiSi is a 2mm H-K9L high definition optical glass filter that has double-sided anti-glare coating. Its surface is finely ground and polished to ensure sharpness for today’s ultra high megapixel cameras.
Michael Accardi, President of CueScript talks about their wonderful teleprompters and some of the amazing speed and clarity. The CueScript teleprompter range blends style and practicality, resulting in a balance of design for purpose and performance, with ingenuity and quality. Not only is there added style and creativity to feature-rich designs, CueScript operates a worldwide network of dealers for all your prompting requirements. Accidents happen, for example, so they make purchasing replacement glass seemingly easier done, than said! CueScript prompter monitors include integrated mounting for easy set-up. They have a sleek, low profile design that not only looks good, but is robust and durable.
We stopped-by to chat with Sam Coupe, VP Digital Operations & Business Development, at Broadway Video. Broadway Video is a global entertainment and media company founded by Lorne Michaels. Launched in 1979 in New York’s historic Brill Building, Broadway Video has grown into an independent studio that produces and distributes original comedic content for every platform. You’ve seen their shows – they’re behind such shows as Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock and so many others! They’re also behind such films as Tommy Boy and Wayne’s World. They have a branding & creative division, offer production services, and even digital distribution! In addition, their Broadway Video Ventures section targets early and growth-stage investments, acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures across the media, entertainment, and technology sectors.
Jaimi and David Alexander, Commercial Director for BRAINSTORM, talk about some of the products featured at NAB Show. Brainstorm is behind the platform QuickHelpTM, which creates an immersive experience that engages employees with software in a way that’s applicable to their job and work style. By delivering relevant content, they keep users coming back for more. Employees can learn their jobs faster using Brainstorm technology. For personalized learning, users start by taking a quick Intake Survey that personalizes their learning based on job title, work style, and skill level. Custom Skill Paths based on survey feedback and user behavior deliver relevant content to help people do their job better than ever. Users can join groups, earn badges, and share what they learn as they move up in your organization’s rankings.
President and CEO, Josef Rabinovitz, JMR and Jaimi discuss some of JMR’s latest and greatest at The Show. Since 1982, JMR’s commitment to excellence has earned them a global reputation for producing the Gold standard in advanced storage devices. Designed and manufactured in the USA, JMR hardware is relied upon by media professionals, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies worldwide. For filmmakers and editors who care deeply about their work, JMR allows you to build an efficient workflow setup engineered to deliver ultrafast file transfers with large-scale storage space. JMR-patented products such as BlueStor storage systems, JMR NAS server as well as Thunderbolt 2 (JMR Lightning) technology-equipped devices keep your data secure and advance your productivity with workflow management and asset sharing.
NUGEN Audio Technical Director, Paul Tapper, talks about their award-winning surround software Halo Downmix – a new solution for delivering accurate downmixes that are no longer limited to typical in-the-box coefficient-based processes. It allows for unprecedented adjustment, and provides visual controls for relative levels, timing and direct vs. ambient sound balance. Not only can dialog level be maintained effectively with phantom center ratio controls and excess ambient sound from rear channels be managed easily, low frequencies can also be regulated to ensure appropriate levels in downmix, and timing artifacts in surround channels introduced by legacy upmix practices are now easy to fix, either manually or by using the Halo Downmix auto detection functionality. Listen to the band!
Tama Berkeljon of Outsight Pty Ltd shows off their battery-powered LED lights. They can get over one hour operation from a modest sized battery pack, or even longer with Ni-MH or Li-Ion technologies. Outsight pioneers new solutions for the industry and with their rapid design and build capabilities, coupled with exacting quality standards, have brought them into contact with some of the most progressive companies in the content production world. In 2004, their first big project had them design and build one of the first large-scale high-power LED installations used in the film industry for the production of director George Miller’s Happy Feet with 60 fixtures providing 6kW of reliable LED light for motion capture.
Dan Miall, CEO, BirdDog Gear, discusses converting video to an NDI IP signal. With a team of innovative and slightly quirky engineers, their goal is simple – make great products at great prices. They are dedicated to simplifying the transition from baseband video to IP workflows such as NDI. Their BirdDog Studio enables existing cameras to be included into a new IP workflow for live productions. Once converted, the possibilities of live productions are magnified. Any network connection becomes a live video input into your switcher, when the HDMI or SDI signal is transformed to an IP signal. More flexible video inputs into live production are possible (NDI compatible device is required).
Jaimi at LiveU with Chris Perry, Product Manager, listening about their teaming with BeTerrific, presenting the live studio of the future. BeTerrific will showcase a streamlined production workflow to help visitors see how easy and affordable it is to set up a live studio anywhere, without a large production crew or lots of equipment. At The Show, LiveU introduced its new hybrid satellite and cellular HD solution, transforming its ultra-small LU200e uplink unit into a rack-mounted product. Leveraging LiveU’s proven bonding technology, the LU210 and LU220 solutions allow news teams to combine satellite and cellular networks for newsgathering on-the-move and in fixed locations. LiveU is driving the live video revolution, providing live video streaming for TV, mobile, online and social media.
Matthew Goldman, President of SMPTEconnect, talks new SMPTE IP standards. SMPTE members exist in over 65 countries worldwide; SMPTE itself is recognized as the global leader in the development of standards and authoritative practices for film, television, video and multimedia. Over 200 sustaining (institutional) Members belong to SMPTE, branching-out so as to reach even the smallest media imaging niche. Now present in every discipline, their thousands of members include engineers, technical directors, cameramen, editors, technicians, manufacturers, designers, educators, consultants and field users in networking, compression, encryption and any other field employing images. They stay one step ahead of technology via their frequent technical conferences and seminars, which encourage useful interaction and information exchange.
Bob Boster, President of ClearCom, explains how their new Agent-IC product can manage thousands of audio channels at once. Agent-IC is a downloadable app that provides Eclipse-HX administrators the option of having a fully-featured mobile user station on iOS and Android devices. Each Agent-ICClient’s access is managed by the central administration control within the Eclipse HX EHX Software. The system supports user login and audio encryption for a secure and private interface with Eclipse-HX. Agent-IC supports one-to-one, one-to-many, partyline, ISO and IFB communication. The app also supports local cross-point level control and notification functions.
Tony Trent, General Manager at Atomos, has coffee and chats-up their new HDR Sumo cinema display. By creating the first production/studio monitor to combine a 19” HDR 1200nit 10+ stop panel with 4K 12bit Raw or 10bit 422 ProRes/DNxHR recording and HD recording up to 240p or live switching and recording of four 1080p60 channels, Atomos has toppled the industry through the addition of recording, switching and playback, creating a true revolution, completely redefining how production monitors will be used on set and in studio. It gives clients and crew on set instant access to review recorded content in HDR quality and doubles as a grading and editing monitor for laptops in the field. The live switching and recording is another dimension again adding the flexibility to live switch between four 1080/60p channels, record 4 x ISO channels and mix a live record complete with cueing, cross fade and hard cuts.
Ryan just interviewed Actor Joel De La Fuente and Executive Producer Daniel Percival of Amazon Prime’s “Man In The High Castle.” Winner of two Emmy Awards and based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel (and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files)), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell (John Adams), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), and Alexa Davalos (Mob City).
Drago Flores from Shotoku Official tells us about their incredible new Graphica crane. The Graphica Series is the fusion of superb Shotoku VR technology and the engineering know-how of prestigious crane maker, CamMate. The result is a range of manual virtual / augmented reality (VR / AR) tracked camera cranes with industry-leading tracking capabilities in a package that is portable, scalable, stable and, most importantly, repeatable. Graphica calculates positional data output from embedded physical rotary encoders designed specifically for VR applications. Free of the jitters, external markers, and area limitations often associated with other positional tracking systems, Shotoku encoders seamlessly process data via the SPI interface to provide real-time data output, in the studio or on location.
Shadath Shahid, Engineering Manager at Canare, shows off their new 12G SDI cable. Canare develops, manufactures, and provides the best audio and video cables, connectors, patchbays, and fiber-optic products for the television broadcast industry and the professional A/V market. Broadcast engineers, sound technicians, A/V facility integrators, design consultants and many leading OEM’s rely on Canare’s product, proven reliability and top notch customer service. In business since 1974, they engage in the manufacture and sale of audio-video cables, connectors, assemblies, converters and related products for professional audio and video industry.
Jannette is learning all about Switcher Studio from Nick Mattingly, Co-Founder and CEO. Switcher Studio was started by video pros with a dream to help others produce great video easier, cheaper and faster. We use our expertise to help you make better live video. Switcher Studio empowers creators to stream better video—quicker, easier and cheaper. With equipment already owned and an easy-to-use interface, easily switch from cameras to graphics and pre-recorded video. That expertise has grown with their user base and now an engaged and supportive community exists for to share and grow. The Switcher Studio team remains a constant presence and it’s here where they learn what their members need and how to improve—they’re always here to help. Don’t settle for basic – do more with Switcher Studio.
We are at Verizon Digital Media Services where Janette is interviewing Jason Friedlander, Director of Marketing Communications. Although they officially announced their Live Streaming Solution at IBC Amsterdam 2016, to date, their Live Streaming Solution has successfully delivered over 25,000 major live events for leading sports broadcasters. They’ve streamed millions of hours and can scale live events to over 10 million concurrent viewers and authenticate 20,000 viewers a second. It’s the industry’s only fully integrated solution to simplify live event workflows so that viewers will enjoy seamless, TV-like quality live events, on every screen, every time! Live broadcasts follow a unique ebb and flow pattern. Unlike VOD, a live events audience can grow like wildfire, causing networks to experience traffic spikes locally, nationally and even internationally.The platform is built on the world’s largest, most connected network, and has over 100 points of presence on five continents, ensuring high-quality viewing of digital content on any device, anytime, anywhere.
Jaimi talking with the President of RUSHWORKS.tv, Rush Beesley about what’s being showcased at their booth today! Stop by and check out the RFID- tracking system LOCKED ON – a tracking system ready-made for artists and the alike. LOCKED ON is an object tracking solution that controls one or more PTZ cameras or PTX fixtures using your favorite camera. It uses RFID tags and anchors, allowing cameras to automatically follow single or multiple moving targets in three-dimensional space. LOCKED ON receives positioning data from single or multiple battery powered transmitters (TAGS) sending positioning data to multiple RFID receivers (ANCHORS) placed around the perimeter of the space. The technology utilizes predictive motion and acceleration/deceleration data to emulate the camera work of skilled and well trained camera operators. Whether you’re trying to follow a preacher, a professor, a presenter, or pro athletes, LOCKED ON provides a whole new dimension of cost-effective control and ISO recording capability.
So, here we are at the end of Day 2 of the 2017 #NABShow. Once again, I’d like to thank the cast and crew here at Broadcast Beat Magazine, as well as all the attendees of The Show and viewers of the Broadcast Beat Live Blog! I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow – and always remember to stay blogged-in! Now, let’s hit them parties!!! First up, SuperMeet… (here we come!) 🙂